AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A large turnout is likely Monday when a legislative committee holds a public hearing on a proposed law to allow fishermen to keep lobsters they inadvertently snag in their nets in offshore waters and bring them to Portland.
It's now illegal for boats that go after cod, haddock and other groundfish to bring their lobster by-catch to shore in Maine, although it's legal to do so in Massachusetts.
Bill supporters say allowing fishermen to keep lobsters would bring more fishing boats to Portland and help maintain port businessesthat serve the fishing industry.
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National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14
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Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first